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Living Wills

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Living Wills/Advance Health Care Directives

Every adult should have a living will. When you are not able to speak for yourself, who will make decisions regarding your health care? Do you want your doctor to take extreme measures to preserve your life? Do you want to die without medical intervention? Under what circumstances do you want a feeding tube?

As a resident of California you can, through a living will, name a designated agent to make decisions on your behalf. The living will (also known as an advance health care directive) has replaced the durable power of attorney for health care. You do not need a lawyer to draft a living will. The state provides standard forms. If you are admitted to a hospital, staff will encourage you to fill out an advance health care directive to be included in your records. If you want me to prepare your living will, I will be more than happy to do so.

Typical elements of a living will:

  • Designation of an agent to make health care decisions on your behalf
  • Specific instructions regarding the use of a feeding tube, antibiotics or extreme measures such as life support
  • A "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order, common in the living will and on the medical charts of patients in the late stages of terminal conditions
  • Instructions regarding organ and tissue donation for transplants or research
  • Directions to your family or agent regarding the disposition of your remains and your funeral

As an estate planning attorney, it is my goal to keep my clients out of court. In addition to a living will, I suggest that every person 18 years of age or older have at least a basic will and durable power of attorney. Properly drafted, these documents will ensure that your affairs are managed by a person you trust, in the way you want.

If you would like to discuss representation or have another question about my firm, please call (916) 248-4465 or e-mail my Sacramento office to arrange a consultation.

Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law

My Sacramento law practice, Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law, focuses on wills, trusts and estate planning law in addition to business law and corporate defense services. My clients include professionals, government employees, small businesses, blue-collar workers and national corporations.